This is the best, easiest Honey Butter recipe! Only two ingredients are need to make this rich, sweet butter topping for breads, biscuits, muffins and more.
I love making compound butters like my easy Homemade Garlic Butter and this sweet honey butter. It’s a nice flavor boost from regular boring spreads we use every day. Plus it’s perfect for topping so many different things, from muffins and biscuits to sweet potatoes and waffles!
Easy Honey Butter Recipe
I am obsessed with honey butter. I would put it on everything if I could! It’s really easy and whips up in minutes. You could eat it straight out of the bowl and I totally wouldn’t judge you.
The key to a good compound butter is to let the butter come to room temperature. This way it can whip up nice and fluffy before adding the flavorings. You can vary the flavor of your honey butter by adding different varieties of honey or other flavorings. Be sure to scroll down to check out some of our favorite additions.
Spread it on…
- Toast, muffins, bagels, Beer Bread – just a simple spread to sweeten up your snacks.
- Meats – Grill chicken tenders on the stovetop using honey butter and a little garlic.
- Seafood – Melt in a skillet with some garlic and saute shrimp or spread it on salmon before baking.
- Veggies – Lots of veggies play nicely with sweet honey, like roasted carrots, corn, sweet potatoes and butternut squash.
How to Make Honey Butter
Honey butter is crazy easy to make. There are only two steps, and they’re pretty simple ones. I definitely recommend using a hand mixer for this or a stand mixer if you have one. Here’s what you need to make honey butter
- Place softened butter in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until it’s fluffy and smooth. Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature. The brand of butter doesn’t really matter as long as it’s real butter and not a blend with oil. I prefer to use unsalted and add the salt myself to get the flavor just right.
- Pour in honey and add a pinch of salt. Beat again until smooth. The salt here is optional and you can leave it out if you’re watching your salt intake
- Pat yourself on the back because you just made a delicious batch of creamy, sweet honey butter!
That’s literally it. Told you it was simple!
You can taste the honey butter once it’s mixed and add another pinch of salt if you want or a little more honey if you want it a little sweeter. Honey butter can also be flavored for different variations.
- Citrus – 1 tablespoon orange, lemon or lime zest
- Sweet Cinnamon – 2 teaspoons cinnamon + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- Honey Vanilla – 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Spicy – 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pumpkin pie – 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- Apple Pie – 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
Storage and Freezing tips
Homemade Honey Butter will keep in the fridge for several months. Store in an airtight container in the fridge to keep it fresh. Let sit out 10 minutes to soften before using.
To freeze, wrap butter in plastic wrap in a log shape and twist the ends. Wrap again in foil or place in a ziploc bag. Be sure to label it so you know what it is!
We also use honey is these recipes:
- Honey Oat Quick Bread
- Baked Honey Mustard Chicken
- Spicy Honey Garlic Meatballs
- Honey Roasted Carrots
- Honey Lemon Chicken and Green Beans Stir Fry
- 1 pound unsalted butter 2 cups/4 sticks, softened
- ⅓ cup honey
- Pinch of salt to taste
- In a large metal bowl and with an electric mixer, beat butter and honey together until well combined and smooth.
- Store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge, and let sit out to soften when ready to use.
- Spread on toast, rolls and more.
1 tablespoon orange, lemon or lime zest
2 teaspoons cinnamon + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons apple or pumpkin pie spice